Are we losing our understanding of divine paternal love?

The Return of the Prodigal Son(1773) by Pompeo Batoni

Anthropomorphism – noun

Definition – the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.

In the prayer and worship movement many confuse a romantic love for a paternal love. In a generation that many grow up without a father in there childhood, may have only experienced love for a maternal perspective and then a romantic love from others.

This lack of sacrificial paternal charity/love in one’s life and in the life of the church has warped the understanding of divine love into something that is closer to a sensual/romantic love.

The book Song of Solomon is written as poetry for romantic love. This was not intended by the author as an expose on the divine charity of The Father’s love. Jesus did intend to reveal sacrificial paternal love in his parable of the prodigal son.

There is many songwriters that write about the love of God from the Song of Solomon perspective instead of from the prodigal son perspective. These songs influence many Christians to think of God in romantic terms rather than paternal/divine terms.

We can do better as we know better.

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